Douglas Mann -
[selected articles and
chapters linked to their titles]
Douglas Mann. Structural Idealism:
A Theory of Social and Historical Explanation. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier
University Press, 2002.
This is a much-revised version
of my Ph.D. thesis. It presents a general theory of social and historical
explanation, going on to apply this theory to cultural analysis and critique
using a number of case studies. Here are my chapter titles:
1. The Nature of Social Consciousness:
A Theory of Mind
2. Intention, Meaning &
Structure in Social Explanation
3. A Structural Idealist
Interpretation of Theories of Deviance
4. Reconstructing the Past,
A Structural Idealist Approach
5. The Search for Depth Meaning
as the Essence of Late Modernity
6. The End of the Search
for Depth Meaning as the Essence of Postmodernity
7. A Secret History of the
Liquid Body: Image and Counter-Image in 20th Century Culture
8. The Contribution of Structural
Idealism to Cultural Critique
Douglas Mann and G. Elijah Dann eds. Philosophy:
A New Introduction. Belmont California: Wadsworth
This introductory reader
will combine traditional sources with a substantial amount of recent material.
I've contributed five full chapters plus a short section on the environment.
Each chapter includes an essay-length introduction pertaining to the general
area of philosophy dealt with in it, shorter commentaries on each individual
author, along with edited selections. Here's a preliminary summary of my chapters:
Features Selections From
||Includes a discussion of why
philospohers disagree and a meta-narrative of the history of philosophy
|2. The Ancient Greek Origins of
||Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes,
Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Plato [Socrates], Aristotle
|4. Mind, Body, and Self
||Descartes, Ryle, Nagel,
Churchland, Hume, Shelley, Goethe, Ortega, Camus, Sartre, Goffman
|7. Political Theory
||Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke,
Marx, Mill, Wollstonecraft, Rawls, Mann/Murray, Fukuyama
|8. Feminist Theory
||Friedan, Firestone, Frye,
Gilligan, Okin, hooks, Wolf, Paglia
|9. Aesthetics (mostly me, except
||Romantics, Burke, [Tolstoy], Benjamin,
Marcuse, Wolf, Danto, Bloom
|10. The Philosophy of Culture
||Lasch, Taylor, Unabomber,
Marinetti, McLuhan, Kingwell, Hochenedel, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Saul
Doug Mann, Stephen F. Haller, and Heidi
Nelson Hochenedel eds. The Medium as Message: A Symposium on Theory,
Mass Media, and Popular Culture. Conference Proceedings, University
of Windsor. Windsor Ontario: Kabkort Publishing, 2000.
Articles in Refereed Academic Journals (23)
Social and Political Theory
Dialogue Concerning Liberty and Community" (co-written with Malcolm
Murray), Dialogue (Canadian Philosophical Review) vol. 40 no. 2
(Spring 2001), 255-277.
"The Limits of Instrumental
Rationality in Social Explanation", Critical Review vol. 13 nos.
1-2 (1999), 165-189.
"Political Ideology as Theatre
in Herodotus", Janus Head vol. 2 no. 2 (Fall 1999), 293-311. Available
"The Supremacy of Nationalism
and the Liberal Politics of Identity in the Modern World" (co-written with
Nebojsa Kujundzic), forthcoming in The Spectres of Nationalism, to
be published by Verso (in tandem with the Belgrade Circle).
"The 'Terrible Legacy' of Rousseau's
Social Contract", Dialogue PST 40/2-3 (April 1998), 65-70.
Revisited", The Journal of Social Philosophy vol. 28 no. 1 (Spring
1997), 77-86. [Also Ethics]
"The World-Machine Clanks On:
Organism, Mechanism and Myth-Building in Victorian Social Criticism". Philosophical
Writings no. 2 (May 1996), 67-81.
"Socrates, Individual Conscience,
and Raison d'Etat". Dialogue PST vol. 36 no. 2-3 (April 1994), 74-78.
"The Absolute Spirit Comes to
Old Sarum: Hegel on the English Reform Bill". Clio vol. 23 no. 3
(Spring 1994), 247-256.
Philosophy of History
"A Critical Re-Reading of Heidegger's
Theory of Moods", Phenomenological Inquiry vol. 21, 1997.
"Existentialism and Marxism"
(A Dialogue). Brock Review vol. 2 no. 2 (1993), 207-219.
"Does Husserl Have a Philosophy
of History in The Crisis of European Sciences?" The Journal of the British
Society for Phenomenology vol. 23 no. 2 (May 1992), 156-166.
Philosophy of Education,
Culture and Technology
"Reconstructing the Past, A
Structural Idealist Approach", Clio vol. 27 no. 2 (Winter 1998),
"The Body as an 'Object' of
Historical Knowledge", Dialogue (Canadian Philosophical Review)
vol. 35 (Fall 1996), 753-776. [Also fits under Philosophy of Culture and
"Collingwood's Hermeneutic of
Acts and Events in Historical Explanation". Eidos vol. 11 no. 1-2
(June/December 1993), 19-43.
Metaphysics and Epistemology
Manifesto of the 21st Century Academic Proletariat in North America"
(co-written with Heidi Hochenedel), The Journal of Social
Philosophy vol. 34, no. 1 (2003), 111-124.
on Academic Discourse", Journal of Thought, Summer 1999, 9-14.
X-Files, and the Postmodern Condition", The Mid-Atlantic Almanack
7 (1998), 17-27.
"The Unabomber, the Economics
of Happiness, and the End of the Millennium" (co-written with Nebojsa Kunjundzic),
and Means vol. 3 no. 1 (Autumn 1998), 11-20.Web address: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cpts/cpts/article5.hti
"The Ecology of Mind", Alexandria
vol. 5, 2000, 27-40. [Also fits under Ethics]
"Scepticism from North of the
Wall: Undermining the Empire of Reason" (on Hume), Philosophical Writings
no. 6 (September 1997), 37-57.
"Kant's Theory of Time and the
Unity of the Self". The South African Journal of Philosophy vol.
15 no. 2 (May 1996), 51-59.
"The Question of Truth: A Philosophical
Drama". Kinesis vol. 22 no. 1 (Summer 1995), 25-62.
Articles in Books, Reference Works, Conference Proceedings, and Newsletters
Social and Political Theory
Philosophy of Culture
"Creativity", in the
of Existentialism, ed. Haim Gordon, Greenwood Press, 1999, 97-100.
"History", in the Dictionary
of Existentialism, ed. Haim Gordon, Greenwood Press, 1999, 181-4.
"The Philosophy of History",
in the Dictionary of Existentialism, Greenwood Press, 1999, 360-3.
"What is Postmodernism?", Philosophy
Today (Society for Applied Philosophy Newsletter) No.23, September
Demons, Saviours, and Simulacra in The Matrix" (co-written with
Heidi Hochenedel), in The Medium as Message: A Symposium on Theory,
Mass Media, and Popular Culture, eds. Doug Mann, Stephen F. Haller,
and Heidi Nelson Hochenedel, Conference Proceedings, University of Windsor,
February 18-19, 2000 (Kabkort Publishing), 144-180. [refereed].
Klingons as Homeric Heroes", in The Medium as Message: A Symposium
on Theory, Mass Media, and Popular Culture, eds. Doug Mann, Stephen
F. Haller, and Heidi Nelson Hochenedel, Conference Proceedings, University
of Windsor, February 18-19, 2000, 232-242.
Newspaper Articles (32)
“The Decline and Fall of Academia,”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight Section), Thursday September 4, 2003.
“Global Warming Caused Blackout” (on
global warming & the causes of modern environmental problems), KW Record
(Insight Section), Tuesday August 26, 2003.
"Let the People be Heard",
KW Record (1000-word Insight Section essay on the need
for proportional representation in parliament), Saturday August 4, 2001.
"Nuclear Family in Crisis",
Record (three-quarters page article in Perspectives/Insight Section),
Saturday May 8, 1999.
"Clearly Canadian", Kitchener-Waterloo
Record (Insight Section), Wednesday March 10, 1999.
"Russia Needs Controls" (on
the economic crisis in Russia), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight
Section), Wednesday September 23, 1998.
"It's a Closed Shop", Kitchener-Waterloo
Record (Insight Section), Saturday August 1, 1998.
"Reefer Madness" (on legalizing
pot), KW Record (Insight Section), Saturday July 11, 1998.
"Chrome is King" (on the social
effects of the automobile), KW Record (Insight Section), Sat. June
"Winds of Change" (on social
democracy), KW Record (Insight Section), Thursday April 23, 1998.
"How to save the university
system" (half-page opinion piece on revamping the Canadian university system),
Free Press, Monday, October 6, 1997.
"Linguistic Abuse" (on ideological
language and the usefulness of dictionaries), Kitchener-Waterloo Record
(Insight Section), Saturday December 28, 1996.
"Electronic Cottage" (half-page
article on computers, the Internet, etc.), Kitchener-Waterloo Record
(Insight Section), Saturday September 7, 1996.
"Corporate Poison", Kitchener-Waterloo
Record (Insight Section), Friday April 19, 1996.
"Marxism Lives" (a class analysis
of government cuts), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight Section),
Friday January 5, 1996.
"Tenacious Myth" (on religious
belief), KW Record (Insight Section), Saturday September 23, 1995.
"A Dangerous Reality" (a summary
of post-modernism), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight Section),
Wednesday July 26, 1995.
"In Praise of Interference"
(an attack on laissez-faire), KW Record (Insight Section),
Saturday May 27, 1995.
"The Left is Dead" (on the decline
of radical politics), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight Section),
Saturday March 18, 1995. Reprinted in the Calgary Herald March 21,
1995 as "'Radicals' today are just greedy hypocrites: Let's hear it for
the Old Left, says an angry graduate student fed up with 'yuppie leftists'";
also in the Kamloops Daily News.
"Romance Suffers" (on language,
love, and social change), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight Section),
Saturday February 4, 1995.
"God is Dead", Kitchener-Waterloo
Record (Insight section), Monday December 12, 1994. Reprinted in the
Star Saturday December 31, 1994 as "Is God Dead - or changed?".
"New Age Workaholics", Kitchener-Waterloo
Record (Insight section), Saturday November 26, 1994.
"Big Brother is Leering" (on
sexual harassment), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight section),
Friday October 28, 1994.
"Critique is Overdue" (on social
changes over the last few decades), Kitchener-Waterloo Record (Insight
section), Saturday October 1, 1994. Reprinted in the Calgary Herald
20, 1994 as "Signs of the times point to new changes, real dangers".
"The Real Picture" (on feminism),
Record (Insight section), Saturday August 20, 1994.
"Puff the Magic Addiction",
October 17-31, 1996.
"Some Millennial Angst", Id
30-June 12, 1996.
"The Unabomber vs. Talking Heads",
April 18-May 1 1996.
"A Message to Mike Harris" (on
market-based ideologies), Id June 8-June 21, 1995.
"Reconsidering the Beauty Myth",
"Truth, Justice, The X-Files,
and the Postmodern Condition", Chaos Review Dec. 9-22, 1994.
"The Best of the Tube", my "Kultur"
column in Chaos Review October 21 - November 10, 1994.
Selected Works in Progress/Unpublished Papers
and Heidi Hochenedel. Alternate Realities: Explorations of Expanded Visions
in Contemporary Cinema and Television. Full manuscript under review at
Oxford University Press.
This collection of fifteen original essays offers
philosophical interpretations of films and TV shows dealing with “alternate
realities.” Complete and under review. I contributed papers on The Matrix
(co-written), Waking Life, comic book and video game culture
(including Run Lola Run), The X-Files, Star Trek, and a
four-chapter (100 page) monograph on “David Cronenberg’s Somatic Dialectic.”
About 111,000 words long.
Understanding Society: Modern Social Theory from a Canadian Perspective.
In preparation for Oxford UP.
After being asked to do so, I submitted a detailed outline for a textbook
for undergraduate social theory courses to Oxford University Press Canada in
December 2003. It was reviewed and accepted in February 2004, and I signed a
contract in June 2004. The book will cover a broad range of Canadian,
European & American theorists, with chapters on functionalism, materialist
approaches, critical theory, human agency, symbolic approaches, feminism &
multiculturalism, postmodernism, globalization, Canadian theorists, and
three others. As of November 2004 I’ve written about 200 pages. I hope to
see it in print in two years.
and Heidi Hochenedel eds. Culture: An
Interdisciplinary Reader. Proposal under review.
detailed 65-page, 30,000 word proposal for a comprehensive text/reader on
all major aspects of contemporary culture under review at Oxford University
Press U.S. It contains 14 topical chapters: high vs. pop culture, grand
theories, Marxism/critical theory, postmodernism, gender, everyday life,
subcultures, multiculturalism, technology, communications, sex & the body,
spirituality, film & TV, pop music & literature.